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EU Mulls Direct Talks With Russian-Led Economic Bloc, Angering Some EU Members

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

EU diplomats, expecting rocky times ahead in their immediate dealings with Russia, are considering extending an olive branch.
 
Moscow could be in for some bad news regarding its efforts to see changes to the EU-Kyiv trade pact that is set to go into effect in January. An extension of EU sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict is also likely when that issue comes up in December.
 
As Brussels considers ways to lessen the blow, a handful of diplomats tell RFE/RL, the idea of conducting direct talks with the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has gained some traction.
 
The idea is that, by opening up avenues of discussion with the trade bloc, Brussels can keep open the possibility of future cooperation with Russia on other issues. Chief among them: combating terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks, and battling the Islamic State group in Syria.
 

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EU Mulls Direct Talks With Russian-Led Economic Bloc, Angering Some EU Members

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